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Posted on 21 August 2007  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone has turned his attention to England Under-21s after helping put his former club Derby to the sword on Saturday.

Tom Huddlestone has turned his attention to England Under-21s after helping put his former club Derby to the sword on Saturday.

The midfielder is in Stuart Pearce's squad for tonight's (Tuesday August 21) friendly against Romania at Bristol City having played his part in the 4-0 victory over the Rams.

Tom was handed his professional debut at the age of just 16 by the Midlands club, and went on to make nearly 100 appearances for the Rams.

He received a round of applause from their fans on Saturday when he went over to take a corner in front of them in the second half and is hopeful Derby can pick themselves up from this defeat and avoid relegation.

He said: “I’m a Spurs player now and we needed the points more than ever on Saturday. It was just a case of doing a professional job, which we did.

“It would be nice for Derby to stay up, but we’re only three games into the season and nothing’s even close to being decided yet. I’m sure Billy Davies knows what it takes to keep them in the league.

“It was great to get a good reception, especially after they booed me when I went back there on-loan with Wolves! I left a long time ago, but clearly no grudges are being held, which is a good thing.”

Tom has been called up with team-mate Ben Alnwick in Pearce's new-look England Under-21 squad ahead of tonight’s friendly at Ashton Gate.

The team will be looking to continue the good form showed during the summer’s European Championships in Holland, where they reached the semi-finals, but Tom said: “The manager’s had to pick a fairly new squad this time because some of the players are too old, but it looks exciting and it will be nice to meet a new set of lads.

“I don’t know much about Romania, but I’m sure I will do by the time the game comes around.

“There’s maybe only four or five of us that are still there from the summer, but meeting new faces is part of being in the England U-21s.”